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advisers to president obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney debate defense policy. then we'll turn to health care as congressional staffers discuss what to expect in 2013. and later, the heritage foundation hosts a discussion examining china's incoming government. >> you're watching c-span2 with politics and public affairs. weekdays featuring live coverage of the u.s. senate. on weeknights, watch key public policy events and every weekend the latest nonfiction authors and books on booktv. you can see past programs and get our schedules at our web site, and you can join in the conversation on social media sites. >> also today the u.s. institute of peace hosts a discussion on society's role
support of mitt romney. he will also talk about his views on u.s. foreign aid. join us for "newsmakers" at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> we want to introduce to you robert o'harrow, an investigative reporter at the washington post. he has been riding an occasional series on cyber security threats for that newspaper. mr. o'harrow, welcome to "the communicators." let's start with 0 day. what is zero day? >> zero day is the name that hackers give to a vulnerability and software that allows a bad guy into a computer system. these gaps take a lot of forms. they have not been previously discovered. so there is no way to block them. when a hacker has a zero day, with the right tools and school bills, they can't. into a system and take control. -- with the right tools and skills, they can take over system. >> how would you describe this series? >> it is really the mission that we were looking into cyber security and cyber war. the pentagon had declared cyberspace the environment of people and machines and networks as a new domain of war, and get we realize that maybe one in 1000 people real
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